Saturday, April 30, 2011

Made for shade ...

Lounging on generously padded cushions with a yummy drink in hand is a warm weather pursuit that can only be enhanced with a cool breeze and glorious shade from the mid-day sun.

Indonesian daybeds are visually stunning and offer shaded relaxation at its best. Either of the beds above or below would be a luxurious addition to my homestead, but the style is a bit tropical for my digs. (I would like to provide photo credit for both, but these are from clippings that have been in my library for a while. Sorry.)

I am really attracted to the use of fabric curtains, and white sets a cool tone for any type of structure.

Here crisp, white sheers add a Caribbean vibe, so a rum drink with requisite umbrella cannot be far away. Images above from Stagetecture (left) and Better Homes and Gardens (right).

Pottery Barn has a great relaxation solution with their Priscilla daybed (above). I love the spa blue paint shade on this piece. Wouldn't this make a lovely spot to read (and nap) on a covered terrace?

Okay, so you're not in the mood to construct a overhead structure. You can still shade your favorite seating arrangement by adding a shade canopy. It's as easy as stretching a fabric (like canvas or nylon) from poles or eye bolts threaded into a stationary object. Photo above from House to Home.

Here's to the coming of summer ...